By Stephen Blundell
Superconductivity--the stream of electrical present with out resistance in sure fabrics as temperatures close to absolute zero--is one of many maximum discoveries of twentieth century physics, however it can look impenetrable to people who lack a great medical heritage. Outlining the attention-grabbing background of the way superconductivity used to be came across, and the race to appreciate its many mysterious and counter-intuitive phenomena, Stephen Blundell explains in obtainable phrases the theories which have been constructed to provide an explanation for it, and the way they've got inspired different parts of technology, together with the Higgs boson of particle physics and concepts concerning the early Universe. This Very brief advent examines the various unusual phenomena saw in superconducting fabrics, the most recent advancements in high-temperature superconductivity, the possibility of superconductivity to revolutionize the physics and know-how of the longer term, and masses extra. it's a interesting detective tale, providing precious insights into a number of the inner most and most lovely rules in physics today.
"Superconductivity is a superb addition to Oxford's 'Very brief Introductions' sequence. Blundell successfully weaves the historical past of discovery with theoretical figuring out in a unbroken, exciting model. The reader is supplied with either the development of principles and an insightful glimpse on the personalities eager about unraveling the phenomenon of superconductivity...Highly recommended." --CHOICE stories